Swanage RNLI has released footage of the attempted rescue of a woman trapped in a sea cave. Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon, including the RNLI and a Coastguard helicopter. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs.
With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed. There is no sound on this video.
A woman has died despite a major rescue operation to free her from a coastal cave in Dorset. Coasguards, Swanage and St Albans RNLI were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage at 3.20pm yesterday to reports of a woman trapped in a sea cave.
Rescue teams could either enter the cave underwater or through a blowhole at the roof of the cave. With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed.
A Coastguard spokesperson said: 'The difficult decision was taken that the recovery of the body at that point was too dangerous to undertake. Naturally at this time the team's thoughts are with the deceased person's family and friends.'
A search is underway for a missing sailor who was last seen setting sail for Swanage on Saturday. The 62-year-old left Weymouth at 7am, but his boat, Palamina was found washed up at Grenay in Northern France yesterday morning.
It's one of the most iconic piers on our coastline, and today work began to repair it after it was severely damaged by a storm last winter.
Divers went down below Swanage Pier in Dorset to begin the work, costing £50,000, that'll see it fully restored and safe for the public to enjoy, hopefully for generations to come. Martin Dowse went to see them at work.
Plans to re-introduce a regular train service between two Dorset locations have been given a cash boost.
Swanage Railway volunteers are celebrating after winning a £1.47 million government grant to fund a regular train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to the main line at Wareham - a long-held ambition since the service was axed four decades ago.
Campaigners say the historic grant from the Coastal Communities Fund will give an important transport, tourism and employment boost to the Isle of Purbeck.
The grant has been awarded to the volunteer-run Swanage Railway Company - owned and controlled by the Swanage Railway Trust charity - with the first regular trains hoped to be running between Wareham, Corfe Castle and Swanage within two years.
Peter Sills, Swanage Railway Company chairman, said: "We are elated at this tremendous and very historic news because the Swanage Railway has been campaigning to bring back regular trains from Swanage and Corfe Castle to Wareham since 1972."
The grant was one of 20 awarded to seaside projects by the Coastal Communities Fund in a bid to boost jobs and bring new business opportunities to coastal areas.
The Portland Coastguard are monitoring a landslide at Swanage in Dorset. The cliff fall began last night. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have sent us this footage of the earth falling away at Burlington Chine.